Whether you are an athlete or a slow walker, a young man of 30s or a female undergoing menopause, every body would have at some point of time experienced knee pain. While it might have started as an on-off pain, it gets worse each day and frequent movements like jogging, brisk walking, getting in and out of the car, climbing up stairs or even walking with some baggage becomes increasingly difficult.
Also, as we become more active we often strain our tendons, joints and ligaments beyond what they were used to. Stress injuries such as tendonitis and osteoarthritis can be the end result, which make you grimace with pain everytime you move the limb.
Worry no more. With advancement of technology, newer and sophisticated treatment procedures are available which can leave you with better and stronger joints which hold you in good stead, even as you age!
Athletes such as Tiger Woods and Rafael Nadal are rumored to have undergone a relatively new treatment that have helped them immensely.
A new ageproceudre called Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is now being embraced as a lasting solution to knee and joint pain. Growth factors are found in platelets in your blood. PRP injections essentially inject these growth factors from the blood into an affected area that causes new tissues to form. This in turn reduces inflammation in the tissue. When growth factors interact with local cells, they signal them to initiate cell division and migration. This promotes tissue formation and healing.
Whether you have a knee or joint pain due to age or overuse, or have been injured or sustaining an injury leading to a deep wound, PRP is the go-to solution for all these problems. These are also known as Concentrated Growth factors (CGF) – an orthopedic’s favourite and a must for advanced wound care management. A fibroplast is triggered at the affected area by via PRP technique which expedites the healing process.
While there are other options like hyaluronic acid injections, cortisone injection, partial or total knee replacement – your doctor is the best judge. Depending upon your specific condition and proper indepth diagnosis, our expert orthopedic surgeon can decide on next level of action.
Echo Doppler and Ultrasound are most commonly used to diagnose the condition, severity and complications of the affected ara – knee, hip, ankles, shoulder, elbow or any other joints.
Dr. Guiseppe Pellegrino, internationally renowned orthopedic surgeon, affiliated to Medstar Aesthetic and Day care surgery Centre, says, “These injections are an out patient procedure wherein you can come in, consult us and we susually take about 30 minutes or so from start to finish. We will run some diagnostic tests and take a blood sample to separate the platelets, which will be injected back. There will be some soreness but very little pain in this procedure and my patients resume work at the soonest. I have seen high satisfaction rates through this procedure.”
The best part of this therapy is whether you have the pain in your knees, shoulders, elbow joints or tendons, it can be targeted to specific affected areas and healing can be experienced.
Here are some cases where PRP procedure has been known to be most effective:
- Osteoarthritis: The imflammation of the joint is reduced with PRP injections
- Knee ligament injuries:PRP injections have improved the healing and minimized chronic inflammation of knee ligament injuries
- Meniscus tears: PRP in addition to other procedures can be seemigly beneficial in case of meniscus tears
- Rotator cuff injuries: If you have been playing tennis or golf and have been overdoing it, there might be a chance of rotator cuff injury, associated with bursitis or inflammation of rotator cuff
- Instability and pain in various joints
- Injuries throughout the body, including in the knee, shoulder, elbow and other joints
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, sprains and strains and chronic pain conditions
While the treatment doesnot take much time and you can resume work quite soon, do know that the joints or tendons (where injections have been used) will feel sore and stiff for 2-3 days. Your doctor will be assisting you with post operative care so that you are fine and healthy in no time.
If you are experiencing pain in your joints due to acute injury, such as torn cartilage or ligament, overuse or due to age, don’t delay any further and book your consultation today here!
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